Play is a child’s natural means of self-expression. Emotional difficulties and experiences of trauma are often represented symbolically in children’s play activities and the main aim of the psychologist is to facilitate the child’s growth as he or she works through these emotional difficulties or memories of a traumatic experience.  Therapists use a variety of different techniques during play therapy, but these can be divided into one of two categories: Directive play therapy, where the psychologist takes the lead in play suggesting which games should be played, explaining the rules and guiding the child through the session, or non-directive play therapy where the psychologist allows the child to take the lead during the session.

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